warning: these are my beliefs on the chick fil a stuff and free speech. if you don’t like it, just x out of the window. we are all entitled to our opinions.
I didn’t do so hot in constitutional law during my first year of law school. Ok, fine, I got a C (that’s super bad in law school). It was totally interesting, but gah. That class. But I do know the fundamental basics of free speech. I know that courts have permitted lots of opinions. Even shitty ones that people disagree with (like those jerks that protest at funerals).
Being able to have your opinions and make them known is all part of the privilege of living in the US. Those are our rights. There is no caveat that says that you don’t get to share your opinions if you have stupid ones.
Chick Fil A is in the news because of the owner’s position on gay marriage. It’s no secret that Chick Fil A is a Christian owned company. They don’t open Sundays.* Can you imagine how much money they could be making off families wandering the mall on Sunday? But they don’t care, they have taken a stand and that works for them. I once went to a Chick Fil A in Abilene, Texas (Bible belt) and they were playing Christian music. Odd, but whatever. It was pleasant and the workers were nice and the food was good.
(*Hobby Lobby isn’t open on Sundays either, same reasons)
Do I agree with the owner on his position about gay marriage? Nope.
Am I a Christian? Sure am. Catholic even (and you know how THEY feel about it).
Do I support gay marriage? 150% most definitely I sure do. I was lucky enough to be invited to watch two of my closest friends get married in Boston. They just celebrated their 2 year wedding anniversary.
I have many people in my life who are gay. They are some of the people that I hold nearest and dearest to my heart. They’re some of the few people that truly care about me and my family, and no matter what they are there for me and I’d trust them with my life.
Chick Fil A is entitled to its opinion. And you know what? I admire the owner’s bravery to stand by his opinion. The owner feels a certain way and he is standing by those beliefs in his faith, at the risk of his business.
The thing is, he hasn’t even been hateful about it. To be fair, he just explained his interpretation of the Bible. He never said anyone would burn in hell. He never said that Jesus hates anyone. Unlike many politicians, he has never flip flopped or wavered. He has always felt that way–so why is this news now?
Where I think it gets messy is cities choosing to ban them for their free speech. Did you know that Boston and Chicago have said that Chick Fil A can no longer open in their cities? Despite plans that were already underway. Really? How is that even possible? You won’t allow free enterprise because you disagree with someone? You won’t allow the creation of jobs and money into your economy because you don’t like what they have to say. How American is that? I guess it is because you can do what you want, but the government shouldn’t take that stand.
If Chick Fil A practiced discrimination against individuals because of their sexual orientation or beliefs, THEN I’d have a problem with them. But they don’t. Think about it, has anyone EVER been rude to you at Chick Fil A? Ever gotten the attitude you get from a McDonald’s employee? NOPE.
If people were to know the true fundamentals and beliefs of a lot of business owners or corporate principles they’d probably be very sorely disappointed. A lot of businesses (and people) would be boycotted. Your Facebook friend list would probably be cut in half. Kidding. Sort of.
Tons of people still shop at Walmart/Sam’s despite the fact that they treat their employees like garbage. If we banned everyone or every thing that we disagreed with, we would live in a very boring and limited vanilla world. How would anyone be exposed to different opinions (good or bad)?
So why are we so hostile to Chick Fil A?
I get it. I totally do. I don’t agree with the owner’s position on gay marriage. But that doesn’t mean I will stop eating there. Do you honestly think that someone who firmly believes in something will change their position because people are hostile toward that belief? Then we’d all be a bunch of cowards.
So just rock on with your bad self and live the life that you need to live. And leave everyone else to live theirs. Amen, end of story, peace out.